“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)
No matter what happens or has happened in the past that drained our strength and made us feel we could not go on, when our hope is in The Lord, our strength–courage and determination–will be renewed (revived).
This is why we cannot get stuck on news reports with all the negativity. Those negative reports of violence, hatred, bigotry, and despair, drain us of hope and then some wonder why there are so many depressed and oppressed people. If we continue to simply look at all the negatives–and never look to Jesus--we will lose all hope cease to live the life that He intends us to live.
Whenever we feel like we cannot go on–our focus should be on Jesus and all He has done–and trust that He will continue to do for us. The disparaging reports of people dying should not deter us from living. The reports of bigotry of hatred should not keep us from loving. Every time we hear a negative report about anything–we should talk to the Father–praying for comfort, healing, resolution to problems, and peace and joy in the land. That should be our response to negative events–not hopelessness, but hope in The Lord.
If church leaders and those who plan “revivals” really understood the purpose of a revival (not to make money)–to strengthen the hearts and minds of Believers by turning their focus to Jesus, we would rise and soar with renewed conviction in our Risen Savior! Revival cannot occur in the Body of Christ until we make Jesus the focus–not the news or how much money we need to raise because of poor money management skills.
Until we–the Believers–get our priorities straight, we cannot hope for a world influenced by darkness to ever understand or have hope in The Lord we say–we believe and trust. Our priority–get everyone focused on Jesus–not the President, or Congress or any other person we have no control over, but turn them over to the One who can speak to their hearts and set them on the right path.
Renewed strength comes with renewed focus on Jesus and then our spirits will know true revival and hope fulfilled in the knowledge that whatever we need, will be supplied in Jesus’ name!